The most powerful weapon : a blended narrative on the beginning of the University of Missouri South Africa education program
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This analysis shows the strengths and limitations of the Creatavist web-based content management system as illustrated by three online magazines. Created by the online media company, The Atavist, the Creatavist platform allows for magazine-style multimedia content. The Atavist, in turn, licenses its content management system to other magazines and journalists, solving the common problem that many online magazines share, namely a lack of resources to create their own content management systems. The California Sunday Magazine, Longform.org, and Tablet magazine all use the Creatavist content management system in different ways, and presented different challenges through the development of their online presence. Creatavist has enabled them to make more multimedia packages than they could have without it, and without hiring several developers."The Most Powerful Weapon" is a long form blended narrative multimedia website that chronicles the beginning of the first academic partnership between an American university and a South African university. This partnership began while antiapartheid demonstrations and violence shook South Africa and continues today. My project uses text, video, maps, and historic photographs to tell the story. I chose this story because of my belief that the academy can be used a powerful force for social change and liberation. This project will help me in goals to become a staff photojournalist at a newspaper by demonstrating that I can create complex multimedia.--Chapter 1.
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